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Subject: Out of tune for a lot of the show
With just about a third of the tunes ruined by out of tune playing, I don't understand how anybody could give this show a four let alone five stars. For example China>Rider is just horrible with Phil being way out. Playing in the Band is ruined by Jerry being way out of tune, the others are only slightly out of tune by comparison. It takes them until Loser, 7 songs in, to finally get the tuning problems "fixed" and they're STILL somewhat out. I will say that Hard To Handle (Pigpen miscues notwithstanding) to the end of the show is good with Good Lovin' and the Other One being especially tasty. But a few good jams don't make up for the awful first half.
The recording is excellent but about half of the performance is unlistenable to me.
Subject: Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1971-07-02 (July 2, 1971
Subject: '71 sound
If you like the Dead in '71, there's few shows that'll satisfy you like this one. Pigpen is all over this one! One of the most gorgeous renditions of Sing me back Home the band ever played.
Cafe au Go-Go was September of '69
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: One of the all time great classics...
I can still remember wearing out this treasure on a cassette, back when I didnt have to shave.
Every song is stunningly well played, though the band is slightly out of tuna at times. Dont miss the fantastic Other One suite.
Gorgeous and lively Pre-FM sound/mix quality to this incredible performance which is certainly one of the best of 1971, if not all time. (100 pts)
Subject: Great vibe
Wonderful atmospheric FM recording, very hot straight-ahead playing, great vibe . . . every bit as good as the April Fillmore East shows, and that's sayin' something! 5+
He Live's -
Subject: must have TOP PRE KEITH HEAVY JAM
so out of tune right through loser and then they tune up and hit the launch pad with the rub.....and it's so good, like the curtain is lifted for you....teetering on the edge of madness for 7 songs of brilliant playing and all out of tune....
and it is a very hot phil show...but they are ALLL hopped up, equally bobby though he suffers longer out of tune, amazing that they just hang on to the edge and Willlllllll out the music knowing right from the git that they are going to kill it....jerry comes back blazing on railroad blues and you sail on in PHIL euphoria into hard to handle which is gutter punk dirty from pig, prompting jerry and bob to speak up with little dueling stabs, and bobby hangs in smart!!! he could follow jer's prompts, he learned from five years of phil navigating ....a juiced ensemble interplay flowers, jerry illuminating all....i think they're in tune now.....
deal from jerry when he put deep soul in it.....and amazing DYNAMICS, command of the room, like are they not closing down the joint? their own little playpen.... they bounce rockets of sound off the walls
bobby starts promised land and at the first chance for a solo jerry just goes maniacal and melts ears in the fillmore, it lands to the sound of a stunned audience, who are just appropriately and audibly AMPED all night....boys give em that good lovin and give em a break give em that good good lovin and let em have it....perfect, with no organ at all from pig, but the three axegrinders are in such fine and perfectly balanced form and aligned so sweetly with billy who just prods everyone along with some expert floaty ride, i think he was really a little ahead of them all hearing this, he was pushing the jazz element all along and this is a great chance to hear him take the jam out in that direction.....jerry guides the action into more of a rhythm and blues flavor but they are far gone into the space they are headed for in the next year, farther than they'd ever been,,,,,and this is a taste, curtosy of billy kreutzmann and friends, brilliant drummig on the edge....REMEMBER>>>>REfuTTTingMEMBER!!! this is FUTTING GOOD LOVIN.....gone dEEEEP spAce.....
as pig steps to the stage tired of the spacey bullshit, billy lays down a totally new, straight funk beat, happily picked up by all and twisted into psychedelic hues as pig hangs in, trying to keep planted on the earth as the 4 space obsessed star warriors dance the heavens around him...the pig is in deep and has to talk himself out and billy complies hanging on his every word and movement as he does the 4 space obsessed star warriors dancing the heavens around them.....keep on talkin to me baby. because i still hear you....
the best you heard.....the best you ever heard, you feel alright now baby, i promise you....
He Live's -
Subject: west coast perfect out of tune and amazing
wow, they are just sooo out of tune all through loser but everything is just so right on it makes you remember how much it was all about the vibe.....and this is just a GREAT sounding RECORDING....you are there, at the Fillmore West in 1971.....
after loser there is like 3 minutes of tuning that ends with someone close to the mich whinining, very san francico, "come ooooonnn....let's hear it" a few times and then they do the rub and they are on, even though bobby is still warby, they just play perfectly and strut their shit for the home crowd. as west coast perfect a show as you could ever hear....
five for the vibe....
Bird Creek, Alaska -
Subject: One of 71s Best
The closing of the Fillmore West is a classic, an Island off the coast of August, not too far past the historic month of April. This show, for all it's order and 71 economy sized playing, is outshined by it's trancendent Cryiptical Reprise, a time stopper, rivaling the mastery of Alligator thru Cold Rain at the closing of the Fillmore East cross country two odd months before it, and the Dark Star Wharf Rat Dark Star Combo from the Capitol Theater 2 months prior. Who sais 71 is tame?
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Subject: swirl vinyl
I got into the Dead in the mid-70's while in grammer school in SF. State college was behind my house and there was always alot of hippies hanging around. There used to be alot of bootleg sections in record stores in those days. I bought this Dead bootleg because of the cool transparent swirl of the vinyl. There were only 2 songs on one side - Sing me back Home and Mamma tried, and 1 song - The Other One on flipside. This was a big step from the studio produced albums or even re-mixed live albums that were on sale at the time. The jam after drums really goes the limit. That jam, along with a little toke if I had it was the staple diet before heading of to school in those days and the melodies repeated in my head throughout the day as priest and nuns attempted to mold the child mind. The two songs on flipside are classic country songs and The Dead preform these with and ease that today's country music seldom achieves. I sold the album about 15 years ago as I moved abroad, and those old Memorex tapes just don't last. Once the tapes got munched I felt as if I'd lost a bit of my youth, but I still can remember every note of those songs. I've searched High an Low to find this set again and am grateful to those that have contributed to this wonderful web site and pay tribute to a truly extrordinary band and time. I now see the album was only part of a full set list that has alot to offer. The sound is quite good and there is a sense of 'being there' from the recording. I recommend singling out The Other One, Crypt, et al and listening to it nightly for at least a month. It will stay with you!
Subject: Deal done right
I first discovered the versions of Big Railroad Blues and Deal from this show on KSHE95 the evening of Mr.Garcia's death.
I've been partial to them for more than 10yrs.
Also, is just me or everytime someone who prefers like 1980's or 90's dead comments on this period
68-71 it seems like they must be in grade school or something. MINDLESS chatter in other words as far as a review.
For instance, music before it's presented is improvisation. Good example of music's lyrical form is "PIGPEN" doing Good Lovin'.
Less charisma once he died in 1973.
Subject: Question about the setlist
Thanks for sharing this great show. It does really sound great, and complete with the added intro by Bill Graham. Too bad there's no option downloading the show in other formats (like shn or flac). It also would be great if someone here could create the setlist in a little better order and perhaps add an md5 for verification. Judging from the setlist here, it appears that there are 20 tracks (combined with other songs) for a total of 2 discs. However after downloading the mp3s, I count 26 (3 discs)? Anyway, just find that a little confusing.
Subject: Heard this broadcast live on FM
This was an FM broadcast. I heard it live on KMET FM in Los Angeles. I was a lifeguard in Newport Beach at the time. My friends and I were all pumped up to hear this show since KMET was building it up all week long. We gathered around the stereo and listened, and I remember the NRPS show too. It was also broadcast. I remember wishing I had a recorder, but it was 1971, I was a poor just graduated high school kid and, oh well, hey, I just found the show again when I was 53. Not bad! This show was also available a few months later on a bootleg vinyl that I bought and wore out on the old phonograph device. I think I bought a second copy and taped it onto a reel to reel. This one sounds the best though. Thanks. Boy, alot of the old recordings I used to have before I "grew up" are here and it's great to hear them again.
Subject: holy moley
This is red hot stuff! wow
the current Fillmore in SF is the old Fillmore Auditorium and is located at Geary & Fillmore - the Fillmore West is now a Honda dealership at Van Ness & Market (and was previously known as the Carousel Ballroom).
Subject: Early 4th of July Fireworks!
I saw a show at the Fillmore 2 years ago and dreamed of how it would have been to see the Dead there. Now I know how it sounded! Fan-friggin'-tastic! I have been listening on the stream, now it's time to download. The only flaw I noticed is that Bob couldn't get out the first couple lines of "Playing..." They were putting out so much energy that he can be excused. Before "Johnny..," Jerry says "Here's the one it's all about." They then proceed to burn it up! Don't miss this one.
capn doubledose -
This is a crystal clear & wonderful show words cannot do justice... I can muster a few for this blockbuster Other One which I suggest you stay away from if you have done more than one hit :
Subject: TIFTOO OOOH!
I have a warm spot in my heart for this one. I don't think they actually get in tune until "The Rub" but I don't care. One of the absolute best, and unique, That's It For The Other Ones. For lack of a better way to put it, it sounds like they're playing inside-out. One of the very best Johnny B. Goodes, but then you knew that. Git it!
Subject: great show,
ahh the good ol days. fantastic good lovin and thats it. this is a great show to throw on at a party.not sure how it sounds yet but i'm sure it's killer. this was one of the first tapes i started my collection with. thanks archive, now it is forever preserved on CD. thankyou.
This is my favorite GD show of all time!!! I had this on a double swirled vinyl set and wore the grooves out on it. Get this show at all costs!!!
dr. flashback -
Subject: Top Ten!!
The Deadcome back to home base and close the Fillmore West with flash and fireworks.True, like many 71 shows, there are some shaky points, esp. with the newer songs. But for sheer energy and inspired playing,this show is among the best for 71. The HT Handle may be only rivaled by the 4/29 version. And Loser has now found its groove, a real highlight. The Other One is fast and furious, and at times sounds like the 1969 Dead again. Maybe the Fillmore opened a time portal to 69 during the show? Well, this version IS dedicated to Owsley,ha ha. If you like "Skullfuck" GD 1971, then you'll love this show, song lists are very similar. A historic show.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Subject: nice fm source show
This is much better sounding than the tapes I've had over the years. This is from the KSFX-FM broadcast the night of the show.KSAN in SF and KMET in LA also aired the live broadcast. You can hear station IDs from a disc jockey every 30 mins or so. The playing is a bit unfocused at times and I wouldn't rate the show as one of the best from the year but still worth a listen or three.
Subject: Owl U Need
Only a crazy bunch of musically inclined hippies could turn a groovy three minute single into a 17:45 adventure.
This one begins unremarkably (Cf. 5-6-70 MIT). After six and a half minutes, Garcia and Lesh are left alone to try to come up with something. Then, suddenly, out of the aimless wandering, there is a spark : PIGPEN!
Mr. Pig looks for a pony he can ride for about seven minutes, whereupon the band returns to the Good Lovin theme.
(I've read that this was an FM broadcast, and that The Other One was dedicated to A.S. Owsley).
there are many highlights during this show, but the 18 minute long good lovin' and 20 minute long cryptical>drums>other one absolutely cook. they're some of the most insired versions played during all of 71. the good lovin set I closer is easily in my top 5 godd lovins of all time. this is pure G.D. rock & roll.